It was another wild and unpredictable year in KU sports in 2021, with upsets, debuts, memorable moments and incredible individual performances dominating the landscape. As we prepare to turn the page to 2022 and begin to look ahead to all that’s in store for the coming year, here’s a quick look back at the top 10 sports stories in Kansas athletics from the past 12 months. By Matt Tait
Facing an opportunity to watch Kansas basketball in person for ticket prices as cheap as they’ve been since his arrival in 2003, Kansas coach Bill Self expressed confidence in KU fans’ ability to show up for Saturday’s newly scheduled game against George Mason at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
With so many games canceled or postponed in the last 10 days and the COVID-19 pandemic ripping through college basketball programs from coast to coast, Self said he and his staff have tweaked part of their practice routine in recent weeks. By Matt Tait
Back in action for the first time in 11 days, the sixth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team rolled to an 88-61 victory over visiting Nevada Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU officials announced Wednesday afternoon that the Jayhawks will play Kim English’s George Mason squad at 4 p.m. Saturday in place of the postponed Big 12 opener against TCU. By Matt Tait
The Kansas women’s basketball program’s nonconference finale against Northwestern State was canceled a little more than an hour before tipoff on Tuesday night because of COVID-19 issues within the KU program.
Although their time to prepare was cut short because of the last-minute nature of scheduling the game, the Kansas Jayhawks are well aware of the size of the challenge Nevada will present on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Tuesday that odds were good that the sixth-ranked Jayhawks would be playing on Saturday after all. By Matt Tait
With their top pass rusher out of eligibility and another entering the transfer portal, the Kansas football program hit the road in search of at least one impact defensive end this offseason. They may have found one in Miami (Ohio) sophomore Lonnie Phelps. By Matt Tait
KU offcials announced Monday afternoon that the Kansas men’s basketball program will welcome Nevada to town for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Big 12 Now and ESPN+. The game will be played in place of the KU-Harvard game, which was canceled because of injuries and COVID-19 issues at Harvard. Later Monday, KU announced the postponement of its Big 12 home opener against TCU because of COVID-19 issues within the TCU program. By Matt Tait
After racing out to a 9-1 start — with the only loss coming to No. 7 Tennessee on a neutral floor — the Kansas women’s basketball team is ready for its final tune up before the start of Big 12 Conference play.
A combination of cancellations and the holidays made for a quiet week in college basketball. The latest Associated Press poll reflected the light week.
Former Kansas forward Gethro Muscadin is on the move once again, according to reports out of New Mexico. By Matt Tait
The Kansas men’s basketball program announced Sunday night that its upcoming home game with Ivy League school Harvard has been canceled. By Matt Tait
Kansas Athletics recently announced that student-athletes at KU set a school record with a combined 90% Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes who began their full-time collegiate careers in the fall of 2014.
For the second consecutive season, the Kansas men’s basketball team’s regular season schedule figures to come up short of its originally scheduled total of games. By Matt Tait
When asked in Boulder, Colorado, to identify KU’s most valuable player through 10 games, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self needed no time to come up with his answer. By Matt Tait
Kansas volleyball senior Jenny Mosser was named the Big 12 volleyball scholar-athlete of the year for 2021 earlier this week.
When Tuesday's Kansas basketball game at Colorado was canceled, dozens of KU fans who made the trip to Boulder, Colorado, were forced to find something else to do with their time. But for two KU families who got together to honor late family members, the game was always secondary to the time together anyway. By Matt Tait
There has been a real push at Colorado University in recent years to create a true home-court advantage at the CU Events Center for men’s basketball games. That has been the case for all of Colorado’s home games, but it has garnered extra emphasis whenever Kansas has come to town. By Matt Tait
Given the current landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Tuesday night in Boulder, Colorado, that the Big 12 Conference’s policy for what to do if a team cannot field enough players to play a game was in need of a change. By Wednesday morning, reports existed that changes had taken place. By Matt Tait
Four Jayhawks scored in double figures and the Kansas women recorded a season-high nine blocked shots during a 68-55 road win over Wichita State on Tuesday night at Charles Koch Arena.
Boulder, Colo. — Tuesday's Kansas men’s basketball game against Colorado at CU Events Center was canceled because of positive COVID-19 tests within the Colorado program. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas volleyball player Caroline Crawford is headed to Wisconsin, according to a recent report from the Madison State Journal. By Matt Tait
A look at some of the keys for seventh-ranked Kansas in Tuesday's road contest at Colorado. By Matt Tait
The North Carolina State men’s basketball program has been placed on probation for one year for NCAA recruiting violations following an independent investigation.
Kansas freshman K.J. Adams missed a game for the first time this season on Saturday, when he didn’t suit up for the Jayhawks’ home game versus Stephen F. Austin due to an illness.
A late-game Remy Martin 3-pointer helped the No. 8-ranked Kansas basketball team survive a scare Saturday night against Stephen F. Austin at Allen Fieldhouse.
A source close to the Kansas volleyball program confirmed to the Journal-World on Friday night that reports of sophomore middle blocker Caroline Crawford’s plans to transfer were accurate. By Matt Tait
When head coach Lance Leipold and his staff took over the Kansas football program this past May, they knew recruiting for the 2022 class would be slow-going at first, given the timing of the transition and only a handful of months left before the early signing period arrived. It didn’t take long for them to adapt and embrace the possibilities that the NCAA’s transfer portal had to offer.
As COVID-19 cases among players in the NFL, NBA, NHL and college basketball in recent days have games being postponed and rescheduled, Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self is knocking on wood while feeling “fortunate” that the Jayhawks haven’t yet encountered such issues.
Whether it will become a new Kansas football tradition remains to be seen, but for the second straight season the Jayhawks will kick off their schedule with a Friday night home opener in 2022.
A look at some of the keys for seventh-ranked Kansas in Saturday's home clash with Stephen F. Austin at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
Seven games into his Kansas career, sophomore guard Joe Yesufu found himself in the enviable position that so many former Jayhawks probably wished they could have been in during their time in Lawrence. By Matt Tait
Kansas running back Amauri Pesek-Hickson has entered the transfer portal and will play college football somewhere else during the 2022 season.
When the Kansas football staff determined the Jayhawks needed to add a high school quarterback to their 2022 recruiting class, the coaches already had Ethan Vasko in mind.
Even though Texas Tech’s hiring of former Kansas football receivers coach Emmett Jones means KU will benefit from a $600,000 buyout, KU head coach Lance Leipold said the university did its best to keep Jones in Lawrence.
One day after being named to the NCAA Tournament’s Pittsburgh Regional team for her play during the Kansas volleyball team’s run to the Sweet 16, KU freshman Caroline Bien landed an even bigger honor. By Matt Tait
Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold was all of 10 seconds into his opening remarks during his early signing period press conference when he brought up the fact that the Jayhawks only signed six players on Wednesday.
The Kansas football program’s quarterback depth for 2022 took a hit when two reserves — Miles Kendrick and Conrad Hawley — decided to leave via the transfer portal.
Members of the Kansas football team’s 2022 recruiting class began making their commitments official on Wednesday morning, as the early signing period kicked off nationwide.
The size of the Kansas football program’s 2022 recruiting class shrank by one on the eve of the early signing period, when junior college linebacker Mike Smith announced he has decommitted from the Jayhawks.
Nine games into a senior season that almost never happened, Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji leads the nation in scoring at 22.4 points per game. Here's a look at where his hot start came from and why many believe it will continue. By Matt Tait
Lance Leipold’s Kansas football staff continued to hit the transfer portal hard on Tuesday, as former UCF linebacker Eriq Gilyard announced his commitment to the program.
The Kansas men’s basketball program announced Tuesday a home-and-home series with the Indiana Hoosiers, scheduled to begin next season. By Matt Tait
Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold and his staff found their prep quarterback for the 2022 recruiting class when Ethan Vasko announced Monday evening his commitment to the Jayhawks.
It’s been a busy few days for the Kansas football program in the transfer portal, as the Jayhawks on Monday added two more transfers to bolster the roster for head coach Lance Leipold’s second season.
Hired to replace Emmett Jones, the Kansas football team’s new receivers coach, Terrence Samuel, signed a three-year contract to join Lance Leipold’s staff.
Perhaps lost in the euphoria that accompanied last Saturday’s near-40-point beatdown of rival Missouri was Kansas coach Bill Self’s first significant step toward paring down his roster. By Matt Tait
The Kansas football program’s 2022 recruiting class now has its first in-state high school prospect.
A reserve running back at Nebraska a little more than a month ago, Sevion Morrison announced Sunday night he’ll soon be calling Kansas home.
With its best quarter coming just in time, in the fourth, the Kansas women’s basketball team turned a tight game into an 80-65 victory over Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Saturday’s 102-65 victory by eighth-ranked Kansas over bitter rival Missouri at Allen Fieldhouse was the culmination of a weeklong education in rivalries. By Matt Tait
The return of the Border Showdown didn’t disappoint — at least not on the Kansas side of the rivalry — Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks dominated in their first official matchup with Missouri since 2012. By Matt Tait
Still feeling the sting of a season-ending loss at Pitt in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, members of the Kansas volleyball team at least exited the postseason encouraged about the program’s future.
A former starting cornerback at Michigan State, Kalon Gervin’s venture into the transfer portal has landed him at the University of Kansas.
After booting the football for Lawrence High, Grant Glasgow’s new gridiron home will be just a few lengthy kickoffs north, at the University of Kansas.
A look at some of the keys for eighth-ranked Kansas in today's border-rival clash with Missouri at Allen Fieldhouse. The matchup will be the first between the two programs since Feb. 25, 2012, and it ends a nine-year hiatus of what many believe is the greatest rivalry in all of college sports. By Matt Tait
Just one Kansas football player — Kenny Logan Jr. — made the Associated Press All-Big 12 team this year.
With the first official basketball game against Missouri in more than 3,500 days now just hours away, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was asked on Thursday why the game is finally being played again. His answer was short and sweet. “Time’s passed," he said. By Matt Tait
The best way many Kansas fans have been able to describe what was missing with Missouri out of their lives for the past nine years was to compare the relationship between the two bitter rivals to that of siblings. By Matt Tait
A hot start proved to be brief and ultimately unsustainable Thursday for a Kansas volleyball team trying to upset the NCAA Tournament’s No. 3 overall seed, Pitt, on the road.
Even as he watched his Kansas volleyball team steadily improve before his eyes as the postseason drew near, head coach Ray Bechard thought the Jayhawks were only playing “OK” offensively. Then came a breakthrough performance at Creighton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In late August, following the Kansas volleyball program’s season-opening loss to Loyola Marymount at Purdue, Kansas coach Ray Bechard ran into setter Camryn Turner and her parents outside of the team hotel and had a brief conversation that proved to be prophetic. By Matt Tait
After six months with the Kansas football program, freshman linebacker James Wright is moving on. Wright announced on Wednesday his decision to put his name in the transfer portal.
Moments after scoring 20 points in a blowout win over UTEP at T-Mobile Center on Tuesday night, Kansas junior Christian Braun painted a crystal-clear picture of how quickly the Jayhawks had moved on from UTEP to Saturday’s looming showdown with Missouri. By Matt Tait
No matter what goes right, what goes wrong or how any of it looks, the eighth-ranked Kansas basketball program seems to know it’s in good hands when Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun are on the floor. That was the case again on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Center, where Agbaji and Braun combined to score 43 points on 18 of 25 shooting and Kansas bludgeoned visiting UTEP 78-52. By Matt Tait
It turns out there may be a catch to becoming the NCAA Tournament’s giant killer.
Kansas junior Christian Braun’s career-night last Friday in Elmont, N.Y., not only led the eighth-ranked Jayhawks to victory but also earned him the Big 12’s Player of the Week honor. By Matt Tait
A look at some of the keys for eighth-ranked Kansas in Tuesday's clash with UTEP at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait
The interim head coach for Kansas football this past spring and the Jayhawks’ receivers coach each of the past three seasons, Emmett Jones reportedly is leaving the program to return to Texas Tech.
It was only a few years ago that Maggie Bowen was in a Kansas volleyball uniform, helping the Jayhawks make their best NCAA Tournament run in program history. Now in her fifth season on head coach Ray Bechard’s staff as director of operations, Bowen is getting a different perspective on another postseason hot streak for KU.
Kansas freshman Bobby Pettiford will not play in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game against UTEP at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo., because of what KU coach Bill Self called “an abdominal strain.” By Matt Tait
The top-rated signee in the Kansas football program’s 2019 recruiting class, defensive end Steven Parker is entering the transfer portal after three seasons at KU, according to Monday reports from Rivals and 247 Sports.
The Kansas women’s basketball team saved its best for the second half Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhakws dug out of a nine-point hole to beat Vanderbilt, 74-67.
Kansas volleyball head coach Ray Bechard doesn’t mind acknowledging that just a month ago, he wasn’t exactly sure the Jayhawks had an NCAA Tournament run in their future.
Two key members of the eighth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team were more comfortable throughout Friday’s 95-75 win at St. John’s. And it turns out that one had a direct impact on the other. By Matt Tait
One NCAA Tournament upset win wasn’t enough for the Kansas volleyball team. The Jayhawks made it two in as many nights on Friday, in Omaha, Neb., where KU took down host Creighton in four sets.
Elmont, N.Y. — A hot start and strong second half led the eighth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team past St. John’s, 95-75, on Friday night at UBS Arena in the Big East-Big 12 Battle. By Matt Tait
One former Kansas basketball player, Mark Turgeon, is out as Maryland’s head men’s basketball coach, and a Jayhawk great, Danny Manning, will step in.
Anyone worried about the future plans of Kansas football safety Kenny Logan Jr. got some reassurance on Thursday, when the defensive back from St. Augustine, Fla., announced he’s not going anywhere.
Whatever pressure that is supposed to go hand in hand with playing in the NCAA Tournament was nearly nonexistent for the Kansas volleyball team Thursday, as the Jayhawks swept their way to the second round with a three-set upset victory over No. 19-ranked Oregon, in Omaha, Neb.
Three games into his redshirt sophomore season, Kansas wing Jalen Wilson’s production has lagged behind what he did for the Jayhawks a year ago. But head coach Bill Self isn’t expecting that trend to last long.
A look at some of the keys for eighth-ranked Kansas in Friday night's Big East-Big 12 Challenge matchup with St. John's at the brand new UBS Arena in New York City. By Matt Tait
Though the Kansas football team registered just one victory during Big 12 play in 2021, the conference’s coaches didn’t overlook two of the Jayhawks’ most impactful players when making all-league selections.
After a slow first quarter Wednesday night versus Texas Rio Grande Valley, the lead for the Kansas women’s basketball team just kept growing in what turned into a 75-44 blowout at Allen Fieldhouse.
When KU Athletics Inc., decided to call off the 2022 Kansas Relays, citing ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the athletic department’s concerns centered around the financial implications of hosting the large-scale track and field event.
The calendar for Lance Leipold’s second season coaching the Kansas football team is now set. The Big 12 announced Wednesday dates for all conference games in 2022, making the Jayhawks’ complete schedule official.
As the Kansas volleyball team gets set for its first NCAA Tournament match since 2017, the young Jayhawks are both fired up and focused ahead of their Thursday showdown with Pac-12 power Oregon in Omaha, Neb. By Matt Tait